What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation -- and How Can It Help You?

Nearly 15 million Americans suffer from major depression in any given year, according to the American Psychological Association. Major depression can impact your quality of life, your relationships with others, and even your physical health. The good news is that there are many options for managing depression, including talk therapy, medication, and now transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Because swift treatment is vital for feeling like yourself again,  Dr. Sarah Land, Dr. Erik Paulson, and our experienced staff at Antidote TMS are happy to offer transcranial magnetic stimulation so you can get relief from your symptoms of depression when you need it most. 

If you’re unfamiliar with TMS, continue reading to learn how it can help you.

What is TMS?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation — commonly called just TMS — is a noninvasive therapy that harnesses the power of magnets to help you manage the symptoms of depression. During a TMS session, an electromagnetic coil is placed on the outside of your head, and magnetic pulses stimulate cells in the area of your brain that controls mood. You may feel a gentle clicking or tapping sensation during the session, but it’s painless and easy with no downtime needed afterwards.  

How can TMS help me?

TMS is a relatively new treatment, but the idea of using medical magnets in therapies has been used for more than a century. In 2008, the FDA allowed marketing of TMS as a treatment for major depression, but the uses of TMS were expanded in 2013 to include migraines. It is now used to treat a variety of other conditions including:

TMS eases the symptoms of the above conditions. TMS can be used alone, but it also works well as a complement to other forms of therapy including talk therapy. 

Benefits of TMS

Not only does TMS help you manage depression, there are several benefits to this treatment.

TMS is:

Even though side effects, such as headaches, are minimal, it’s always a good idea to share your full health history prior to  your TMS session.

Is TMS right for you?

At Antidote TMS, we’re happy to provide care for a variety of mental health conditions including depression, OCD, and PTSD. And if you’d like to learn more about how TMS can help you, schedule an appointment at our office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by calling 918-558-3088 or use our online booking system.

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